City of Toronto to open three COVID-19 immunization clinics tomorrow
Tomorrow, Monday, April 12, the City of Toronto will open three additional City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics at Cloverdale Mall (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (Eglinton-Lawrence) and Carmine Stefano Community Centre (Humber River-Black Creek) to vaccinate eligible residents with confirmed vaccination appointments who are age 60 years or older or 50 years and older from COVID-19 hot spots.
The addition of these new clinics will ensure nine City-operated immunization clinics are operating across Toronto – the backbone of the Team Toronto approach to the vaccination rollout. Once all nine of the City-operated vaccination clinics are open tomorrow, City-run clinics will have a weekly vaccination capacity based on anticipated supply of more than 10,000 doses per day. These capacity can be increased if additional supply were to become available from the Government of Canada.
Today, Mayor John Tory visited the Cloverdale Mall immunization clinic.
The Cloverdale Mall clinic will operate seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. As many as 40 immunizers at a time can work to immunize six people each per hour at this clinic. The clinic will vaccinate up to 1,600 people per day pending the availability of vaccine supply. This capacity can be increased as supply from the Government of Canada allows.
As of Friday, the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine availability at City-operated clinics was expanded to include residents age 50 and older living in COVID-19 hot spot postal codes, in addition to individuals born in 1961 and earlier. Hot spot areas are neighbourhoods identified by the Province of Ontario with ongoing and historic high rates of COVID-19 transmission, hospitalization and death. This expanded eligibility is part of the Phase 2 Team Toronto vaccine rollout, ensuring every dose available is used to protect the most vulnerable.
Eligible residents who do not yet have an appointment are encouraged to register to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Eligible residents can book appointments through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or book by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). More information on booking options is available on the Province’s What to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine webpage: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-covid-19-vaccine#how-to-schedule-a-vaccination.
There continues to be appointments available at all nine of the City-operated immunization clinics across Toronto, including:
The City-operated clinics are part of the Team Toronto vaccination network that includes hundreds of clinics operated by health sector partners including hospitals and pharmacies. A map of vaccination options in Toronto is available on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccine Clinic Locations webpage: http://www.toronto.ca/COVID19vaccinemap.
Getting as many people as possible vaccinated will stop future waves of COVID-19 and protect our healthcare system and wider community. For the current wave of COVID-19 in Toronto, amplified by variants of concern, staying home except when absolutely necessary – for example, to attend a vaccination appointment – and following public health guidance including wearing a mask and physical distancing is the best way to keep everyone safe.
“I encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated at one of the nine City-run vaccine clinics up and running. These clinics are operating seven days a week to get people vaccinated as quickly as we can, subject to vaccine supply. The sooner we are vaccinated, the sooner we can bring this pandemic to an end. So, please get your shot when it is your turn.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Right now, our top priority is getting shots into the arms of the most vulnerable in our city, as quickly as possible. With three additional City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics opening up their doors, we are scaling up operations in order to be able to vaccinate even more Toronto residents, while also working with our healthcare partners to expand our mobile and pop-up clinic capacity. Vaccines are how we beat this pandemic, and I urge all Torontonians who are currently eligible to make an appointment to get vaccinated today.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health
“Having all nine City-run immunization clinics online is a critical step to ensure vaccine available to Toronto residents. Thank you to our Immunization Task Force and the clinic, operations and administrative staff who have made this possible. In collaboration with our Toronto health care partners, we are working to ensure that everyone eligible to be vaccinated can receive their vaccine as efficiently as possible.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
“The City’s Immunization Task Force is pleased to be launching the final three City-operated COVID-19 vaccine clinics tomorrow. Our goal has always been to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. With the full network of nine City-operated clinics now operating daily, all working in collaboration with our Team Toronto partners, we are even better equipped to meet that goal. I continue to urge eligible residents to book their vaccination appointment today and help us beat COVID-19.”
– Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management
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